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International Journal of Theoretical Linguistics

Ed. by Roelcke, Thorsten / Kelih, Emmerich / Köhler, Reinhard

Editorial Board Member: Altmann, Gabriel / Andreev, Sergey / Embleton, Sheila / Gries, Stefan Th. / Grzybek, Peter / Leiss, Elisabeth / Liu, Haitao / Macutek, Ján / Bruch Nemcová, Emilia / Patrás, Vladimír / Sanada, Haruko / Wilson, Andrew

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Morphological complexity of the word

Gabriel Altmann
  • Stüttinghauser Ringstraße 44, D–58515 Lüdenscheid
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/ Thorsten Roelcke
  • Fachgebiet Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Technische Universität Berlin, Sekr. HBS 2, Hardenbergstraße 16–18, D–10623 Berlin
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Published Online: 2015-06-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/glot-2015-0002


Although there is much linguistic work concerning morphological complexity of words no study tries to scale their physical form. In this paper firstly we present a scaling of word's morphological complexity considering reduplication, compounding, derivation, inflection and suppletivism. Secondly we show some quantitative analyses of morphological complexity with respect to arc, motif, and distances of words in a Slovak poem as an example.

Keywords: morphology; complexity; arc; motif; distance

Published Online: 2015-06-09

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

Citation Information: Glottotheory. Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 93–111, ISSN (Online) 2196-6907, ISSN (Print) 1337-7892, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/glot-2015-0002, June 2015

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